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Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Jumping worms or larvae?


Pat wrote at 2012-07-29 13:19:37
My wife just showed me the exact same small "jumping" worms when she was watering her flowers. What type of mulch you ask? Cocoa.  

ss wrote at 2013-08-10 01:03:43
Don't know what they are except they look like maggots (white larvae approximately 1/2 cm length) and catapult themselves (jump) quite a distance almost 12 inches. Also applied cocoa bean mulch and voila they appeared. Disgusting. Found someone else on youtube with jumping maggots after applying cocoa bean mulch. Will be staying away from cocoa bean mulch in future.

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Eric R. Eaton


I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.


Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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